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Poster: rita1075 Date: Feb 14, 2009 6:53am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Google Books 'Guidelines' Change

This is the first message I post here, but I have been a regular visitor and wanderer to this site for some time.
As the Google books guidelines thing, well, I am angry beyond words.
I am a blind girl, and the only way I can read good public domain books is to download them from Project Gutenberg as they become available. I think Project Gutenberg uses many book scanns hosted here at Internet Archive and until recently, they used to take scans of public domain books from Google, proofread them and release the plain text versions of those books to their catalog.
My eyes are swollen from crying now. What if no Google public domain scans can be added?
Maybe I am whining here pointlessly, but it is so sad and depressing whenever I see those megacorporations trying to control our freedom to read and enjoy our heritage.

This post was modified by rita1075 on 2009-02-14 14:53:22

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Poster: garthus Date: Feb 14, 2009 5:40am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Google Books 'Guidelines' Change


While the Google actions shine the spotlight on the corruption of Capitalism here in the United States, they will never succeed since there are now many people involved in adding materials into collections such as Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive under the Creative Commons license. Once our collections get large enough, it will be interesting to see what they say when they are forced to comply with the Creative Commons Copyright when they try to place restrictive copyrights on public domain material which we have already created.

Most of us are aware of the fact that there are many people all over the world wo are depending and will be depending on the free and easy access to these materials. The scum running governments and sitting in control of many large corporations do not understand this since they are too blinded by greed and sloth.

However it is necessary for people like you to put pressure on your political leaders and tell them that you do not expect them to go along with this Greed and the control of information which should be freely available to all peoples.


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Poster: rita1075 Date: Feb 14, 2009 7:20am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Google Books 'Guidelines' Change

Hello, garthus,
Thank you for your heartwarming words. It is my sincere hope to tell all the volunteers at PG and Internet Archive that you helped me discovering wonderful classics through the ebooks you scan, proofread and release as easy-to-read ebook files.
I attended a university in Seoul, South Korea, and I used to scan my printed textbooks for several hours before a new semester began. Braille is the only reading and writing method I use, and in order to transcribe printed books in to braille, I must scan the whole book first, do the OCR and proofread it.
I didn't know how hard it is to create an ebook until I did the whole process by myself few years ago to prepare my textbooks in braille. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all volunteers at PG and IA who help creating new ebooks everyday.
It brought me the joy of reading and broadened my knowledge.
I think people like you makes our cyberspace such a beautiful place.
Thank you.

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Poster: NoiseCollector Date: Feb 14, 2009 9:09pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Google Books 'Guidelines' Change